Shane van Gisbergen bounced from a third place start to dominate Race 4 at Symmons Plains Raceway by .93 seconds over Red Bull Racing Australia teammate Jamie Whincup. Tekno Autosports’ Will Davison settled for a hotly contested third behind stablemate and close friend Whincup.
Following a heated start to the race, Whincup and van Gisbergen were pulled in to complete their compulsory pitstop and remove them from a searing battle pack. Whincup and van Gisbergen were released in clean air, where eventually the latter took Whincup at the hairpin to take the lead.
Red Bull Racing Australia’s slick pit strategy allowed Whincup and van GIsbergen to undercut in the pits early in the race, allowing them to jump pole-sitter Mark Winterbottom, who overshot his pitbox and ran off the road in the rejoin on-track compounding for a tough day for the 2015 champion.
Craig Lowndes of Team Vortex struggled with pace throughout the race along, despite looking competitive early on against teammate van Gisbergen. Rick Kelly overtook Lowndes for fourth, and convincingly held the position for the remainder of the race, ahead of the 2015 Bathurst 1000 winner, who finished the race with a broken header.
Unique strategy by Brad Jones Racing had Jason Bright and Tim Slade pit later than the rest of the field, before the duo scythed through the field on fresh tires. Their march forwards eventuated in sixth and eight placings.
Prodrive Racing Australia took several placings in the bottom of the top ten, with Cam Waters fighting past Winterbottom after several laps to take seventh, with the latter taking ninth. Chaz Mostert took tenth.
On the other end of the field, Scott McLaughlin of Volvo Garry Roger Motorsports dropped into the pits after dropping a throttle butterfly on the warmup lap and running on 7 cylinders, to finish last.
Van Gisbergen’s victory was the 500th win for Holden in V8 Supercars and its predecessor, the Australian Touring Car Championship. His efforts have promoted him to the lead of the championship